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Colette Iselin is on the school fieldtrip of all school fieldtrips__ a week in Paris with her French class. It sounds fabulous, but on the ride to their hotel, their bus is rerouted due to a gruesome murder scene. There's a serial killer on the loose in Paris, not that this should affect Colette. The killer's targets are members of the beautiful set of Parisianhigh society. She's lucky to barely fit in with her popular friends, which is why she doesn't tell them when she starts seeing a strange vision of a woman from the past. A woman that looks a lot like the young queen Marie Antoinette who was beheaded during the French Revolution. The ghostly queen keeps appearing and Colette needs to know why. As she begins to investigate, she discovers clues that link her family's past to the long dead queen. And that Colette herself may be the key to stop the killings.
This was a compelling read from start to finish. Colette has a strong voice and you can't help wanting to help her see the truth about herself and her relationships. There's a nice mix of history, romance and mystery woven into this coming of age novel. Girls especially will enjoy this book.
Target audience: Grades 7-10
Mystery / suspense: compelling
Kid appeal: high